Wolfberry Spice Granola[social_warfare]
I am not a cook. Clearly it took more than my baking campaign to win Phil over when we were first getting to know each other, and he took on most of the cooking about two years into our marriage. What’s a chore for me turns out to be a hobby for him … now that’s what I call a win-win! But, every now and then a bit of inspiration sneaks up on me and I find myself seduced into the kitchen for a bit of baking. This week I’m sharing my wolfberry spice granola recipe, and I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!
Most of the ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery, but you’ll want to plan ahead so you’ve got these essential oils from Young Living on hand: Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, and Orange Vitality take this recipe from “better-than-store-bought” to “holiday-party-in-my-mouth!” You’ll also need a bag of dried wolfberries, like these, and your syrup of choice. Young Living’s Yacon Syrup and Gary’s True Grit NingXia Berry Syrup are two of our favs, but ordinary (or bourbon!) maple works too.
Once you’ve got those in hand, you’re ready to make magic in the kitchen!
Yield: 10-12 cups
8 tbsp butter, 1 stick
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup orange juice, fresh if possible
1 cup syrup: maple, yacon, or NingXia Berry
3 droppers Stevia, or to taste
4-5 drops YLEO Vitality Cinnamon Bark
2-3 drop YLEO Vitality Nutmeg
4-5 drops YLEO Vitality Orange
7-8 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 cup walnuts, unsalted
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup dried wolfberries (Just try not to eat them all on their own!)
Preheat the oven to 275.
In a small saucepan, heat the butter, coconut oil, orange juice, syrup, and Stevia over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and stir in 4-5 drops each of YL Vitality Cinnamon Bark and Orange essential oils and 2-3 drops Vitality Nutmeg. The essential oils are super potent, so resist the urge to think “more is better.” This is a case of “less is best.” Trust me!
In a large bowl, mix the oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Toss the dry ingredients with the wet until evenly coated, then spread onto 2 baking sheets coated with your choice of oil spray. (Sometimes I skip the spray and just scoop coconut oil from the jar and rub it over the pan with my fingers.)
Bake until golden brown, about 1 hour total; stir once at the halfway point. After removing the pans to stir the granola, I like to put them back in the oven on the opposite rack. So, the pan that was on the top goes on the bottom rack and vice versa. This helps it cook evenly.
After an hour, remove the pans from the oven and let the granola cool completely. Or, if you prefer your granola on the crispy side, turn the oven off, gently stir, and then put the trays back in the oven as it cools.
Stir in the dried wolfberries. The berries feel a little tough right out of the bag, but they soften in liquid. When you pour your choice of milk over the granola, they’ll relax into a softer texture while maintaining their yummy flavor.
I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe over the holidays! Because this makes a lot, it’s a great recipe to portion into small glass jars, top with a ribbon, and share with a friend. If you need a connection to help you get the wholesale pricing from Young Living, please let me know. I’d love to hook you up! And, if you use an electronic recipe planner like we do, you can grab an e-copy of this recipe here and import it right into your collection.
We use the online service Plan to Eat and a one-year subscription is 50% off at the end of November! Want to know how else you might use these essential oils? Here are some great ideas from the Young Living blog about snuggling up with cinnamon bark, more on nutmeg (and other great oils for $20 or less), and all about orange.